World Report

September 2013


Voters Want Government Action on Global Warming

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On Friday, the Obama Administration announced greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants. We applaud this development and appreciate the meaningful step forward it provides.

Much of the conversation about this progress concerns coal-fired power plants, the capacity to capture and store ...

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foreign policy
energy policy and climate change
global warming
government
politics
voters
Obama, Barack

Syria's Crisis Was Sparked by Global Warming and Drought

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What few people in Washington are talking about when it comes to the Syria crisis is the connection to climate change. While it may seem remote and implausible to Washington realists, the connection is clear. What is most disconcerting, however – vis-à-vis Damascus – is that America could ...

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foreign policy
Syria
water
energy policy and climate change
drought
foreign aid

Russia's Putin and Syria's Assad Are Getting the Better of Obama

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The recent dynamics in the Syrian situation remind me of the old days when we used to deal with the Soviets on arms control during the Cold War. And, guess what? Putin, a former Soviet KGB agent, remembers those days fondly, and has discovered what many of us have known for the past five or six ...

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foreign policy
Syria
Obama, Barack
Putin, Vladimir
diplomacy
national security

What the Spanish Civil War Tells Us About Syria and Cyber-Attacks

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In a recent discussion on Syria, Lebanese journalist Hisham Melhem alluded to the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), saying, "Syria is going to be the Spain of the Arab World." That historical analogy was intended to highlight the internationalization of the conflict. In the 1930s, Spain was seen as a ...

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foreign policy
Syria
cybersecurity
national security
terrorism
Middle East

On 9/11, Obama in Syria Mirrors Clinton’s Foreign Policy Failures

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The recent debates concerning Syria illustrate the desire to return to the perception held by the Clinton administration about foreign policy: a benign world governed by globalism, free markets, technology advances and soft liberalism. There is a parallel in American history for this contemporary ...

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foreign policy
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
history
9/11
Syria
national security

Obama Brought the Syria Chemical Weapons Crisis Upon Us

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Sorry Mr. President, it is about your credibility now. Despite President Obama’s plaintive cry on Wednesday – "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line. And America's and Congress's credibility is on the line." – the U.S. response to Bashar Assad’s ...

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foreign policy
chemical weapons
Syria
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military

Obama Can Talk to Congress About Syria, But Must Then Take Out Assad

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Many suspect – and some are sure – that it continues to be amateur night at the White House on matters of national security. Ironically perhaps, this seems to be the price we paid in 2008 to get out of the Iraq mess.

However, others might think that by now, if there is any learning to be taken from ...

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foreign policy
Syria
Bashar Assad
national security
Obama, Barack
Congress

President Obama Should Make the Legal Case for Bombing Syria

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JOHANNESBURG – President Obama and his political team continue to lay the international legal and moral groundwork to justify a retaliatory military response based on the U.S. intelligence community’s “ high confidence” that Syrian president Bashar Assad launched a chemical nerve agent attack in a ...

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foreign policy
Syria
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
national security terrorism and the military
UN

On Syria, Obama Abandons Substance and Morality

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This blog post is going to print prior to any decision by President Obama to attack the Syrian regime. Yesterday, in a baffling move, the president announced that he would defer to Congress the decision to attack the rogue regime of Bashar Assad. In a muddled and anti-historical view of the ...

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foreign policy
Syria
national security terrorism and the military
Congress
Obama administration
Obama, Barack